Jonathan Worthington :: jnthn.net

Israel

I ended 2007 and started 2008 in Israel, attending a conference amongst taking in the history and current tensions, then getting away from it all with a trek in the Negev.

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Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv may be the capital of the world's only Jewish state, but it's about as secular as anywhere I've ever been. A modern city, it has a growing collection of skyscrapers, swanky hotels line the beach and at times it almost feels like you could be at any beach resort. There's certainly an eastern feel though, which you see, feel and taste in the markets and restaurants.

Along the sea front
Along the sea front
Looking towards Jaffa
Looking towards Jaffa
Looking towards Jaffa
Looking towards Jaffa
Hotel
Hotel
A modern sculpture
A modern sculpture
Along the sea front
Along the sea front
Along the sea front
Along the sea front
Along the sea front
Along the sea front
Along the sea front
Along the sea front
The main market
The main market
A new building towers above an older one
A new building towers above an older one
Jewish shop
Jewish shop
Fountain by the sea
Fountain by the sea
Fountain by the sea
Fountain by the sea
Watching the sunset
Watching the sunset
Watching the sunset
Watching the sunset
Watching the sunset
Watching the sunset
Watching the sunset
Watching the sunset
Watching the sunset
Watching the sunset
Watching the sunset
Watching the sunset
Watching the sunset
Watching the sunset
Watching the sunset
Watching the sunset
Watching the sunset
Watching the sunset
Watching the sunset
Watching the sunset
Watching the sunset
Watching the sunset
Watching the sunset
Watching the sunset
Watching the sunset
Watching the sunset
Watching the sunset
Watching the sunset
Watching the sunset
Watching the sunset
Watching the sunset
Watching the sunset
The market
The market
The market
The market
The Tel Aviv port
The Tel Aviv port
The Tel Aviv port
The Tel Aviv port
Looking towards the power station
Looking towards the power station
Down by the river
Down by the river
Down by the river
Down by the river
Down by the river
Down by the river
Down by the river
Down by the river
At the Eretz museum
At the Eretz museum
At the Eretz museum
At the Eretz museum
At the Eretz museum
At the Eretz museum
At the Eretz museum
At the Eretz museum
At the Eretz museum
At the Eretz museum
At the Eretz museum
At the Eretz museum
At the Eretz museum
At the Eretz museum
At the Eretz museum
At the Eretz museum
At the Eretz museum
At the Eretz museum

Jaffa (Joppa)

Jaffa (often written as Joppa in the bible) could in a way be seen as the old city of Tel Aviv, but that's not really the case: the modern Tel Aviv grew into Jaffa as it expanded. Jaffa is a historical place, mentioned in both the Old and New Testaments in the bible: it's mentioned in the Jonah and the Whale story, and Peter did a miracle there. I cycled there from central Tel Aviv, along the coast, and happily whiled away some hours soaking up the history.

The Jaffa Port
The Jaffa Port
A mosque
A mosque
Mosque minaret
Mosque minaret
Mosque minaret
Mosque minaret
Mosque minaret and the sea
Mosque minaret and the sea
Looking to Tel Aviv
Looking to Tel Aviv
The Clock Tower
The Clock Tower
The Clock Tower
The Clock Tower
The Clock Tower
The Clock Tower
Shops in old buildings
Shops in old buildings
A mosque
A mosque
A mosque
A mosque
A mosque
A mosque
A mosque
A mosque
A mosque
A mosque
Canon
Canon
Modern sculpture
Modern sculpture
The main church of Jaffa
The main church of Jaffa
Looking down on the port
Looking down on the port
A church tower
A church tower
A castle, I think
A castle, I think
A castle, I think
A castle, I think
Franciscan church
Franciscan church
Outside the Franciscan church
Outside the Franciscan church
Franciscan church
Franciscan church
Franciscan church
Franciscan church
Franciscan church
Franciscan church
Franciscan church
Franciscan church
Jaffa buildings
Jaffa buildings
Jaffa buildings
Jaffa buildings
Jaffa buildings
Jaffa buildings
The wishing bridge
The wishing bridge
Jaffa buildings
Jaffa buildings
Looking towards Tel Aviv
Looking towards Tel Aviv
Looking towards Tel Aviv
Looking towards Tel Aviv
Looking towards Tel Aviv
Looking towards Tel Aviv
Arch on the Tel Aviv viewing area
Arch on the Tel Aviv viewing area

Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

I took the train from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The second part of the journey goes through some fairly nice scenery, though it was hard to take pictures through the filthy windows!











Jerusalem

A holy city to Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Jerusalem's old city is packed with history of all three of them. It really is amazing to stand where historical events took place, and see places mentioned in the scriptures first hand. In a place like this, you really have to experience it yourself to know what it's like. However, hopefully these photos give something on an impression.

St David's Tower
St David's Tower
St David's Tower
St David's Tower
In the Armenian Quarter
In the Armenian Quarter
In the Armenian Quarter
In the Armenian Quarter
In the Armenian Quarter
In the Armenian Quarter
In the Armenian Quarter
In the Armenian Quarter
Looking over the city wall
Looking over the city wall
Looking over the city wall
Looking over the city wall
Looking over the city wall
Looking over the city wall
Looking over the city wall
Looking over the city wall
Tunnel by the Western Wall
Tunnel by the Western Wall
Tunnel by the Western Wall
Tunnel by the Western Wall
The Western Wall
The Western Wall
Looking out of the old city
Looking out of the old city
Mosque with dome and minaret
Mosque with dome and minaret
Looking towards the Dome of the Rock
Looking towards the Dome of the Rock
Looking towards the Dome of the Rock
Looking towards the Dome of the Rock
Looking towards the Dome of the Rock
Looking towards the Dome of the Rock
Looking towards the Dome of the Rock
Looking towards the Dome of the Rock
Looking towards the Dome of the Rock
Looking towards the Dome of the Rock
A mosque with dome and minaret
A mosque with dome and minaret
Looking at the sunset through a window
Looking at the sunset through a window
Looking at the sunset through a window
Looking at the sunset through a window
A couple of kids that wanted to show me their roof
A couple of kids that wanted to show me their roof
Ancient columns
Ancient columns
View from my hostel by night
View from my hostel by night
View from my hostel by day
View from my hostel by day
View from my hostel by day
View from my hostel by day
View from my hostel by day
View from my hostel by day
Looking towards the Redeemer church
Looking towards the Redeemer church
In the Armenian museum
In the Armenian museum
In the Armenian museum
In the Armenian museum
In the Armenian museum
In the Armenian museum
Ruins
Ruins
Mosque entrance
Mosque entrance
The Dome of the Rock
The Dome of the Rock
The Dome of the Rock
The Dome of the Rock
The Dome of the Rock
The Dome of the Rock
The Dome of the Rock
The Dome of the Rock
Temple
Temple
The Dome of the Rock
The Dome of the Rock
One of the stations of the cross
One of the stations of the cross
One of the stations of the cross
One of the stations of the cross
Street where Jesus walked on his way to the cross
Street where Jesus walked on his way to the cross
Looking towards the Holy Church
Looking towards the Holy Church
Tower of the Redeemer church
Tower of the Redeemer church
Market
Market
The Redeemer church
The Redeemer church
View from Redeemer Church tower
View from Redeemer Church tower
View from Redeemer Church tower
View from Redeemer Church tower
View from Redeemer Church tower
View from Redeemer Church tower
View from Redeemer Church tower
View from Redeemer Church tower
View from Redeemer Church tower
View from Redeemer Church tower
View from Redeemer Church tower
View from Redeemer Church tower
View from Redeemer Church tower
View from Redeemer Church tower
View from Redeemer Church tower
View from Redeemer Church tower
View from Redeemer Church tower
View from Redeemer Church tower
View from Redeemer Church tower
View from Redeemer Church tower
View from Redeemer Church tower
View from Redeemer Church tower
View from Redeemer Church tower
View from Redeemer Church tower
View from Redeemer Church tower
View from Redeemer Church tower
View from Redeemer Church tower
View from Redeemer Church tower
View from Redeemer Church tower
View from Redeemer Church tower
View from Redeemer Church tower
View from Redeemer Church tower
View from Redeemer Church tower
View from Redeemer Church tower
Franciscan Church
Franciscan Church
Franciscan Church
Franciscan Church
Franciscan Church
Franciscan Church
Franciscan Church
Franciscan Church
Franciscan Church
Franciscan Church
Me with holy water
Me with holy water
Sacred room, I forget exactly what for...
Sacred room, I forget exactly what for...
...but my hair had to be covered for me to go in there!
...but my hair had to be covered for me to go in there!

Sunset at Mitzpe Ramon

I arrived at Mitzpe Ramon after several hours journey by train and then, after a good hour's wait, by bus. After dropping my stuff at the hostel, there was time to go the rim of the crater and walk alongside it, enjoying the sunset. Here's some photos I took.



































A walk in the Ramon crater

I had a full day to spend at the Ramon crater, and rather than gaping down into it from the edge decided to get down there and see it up close. With a hiking map, some sturdy shoes, water and snacks, I trekked for four hours, down into the crater, across its floor and then up and out of it again. When the sun came out, it was hot. When it went behind clouds and the wind blew, I was glad for the cover at the first, and then slipped on jacket on again - only to find myself hastily taking it off again when the sun re-appeared! The first couple of hours were spent on a trail that was marked well most of the way, though I did feel quite lost at a couple of points and knew that if I got truly lost the desert conditions wouldn't be kind to me. Thankfully, I lived to tell the tale.

The crater rim, before descent
The crater rim, before descent
View on the way down
View on the way down
View on the way down
View on the way down
View on the way down
View on the way down
View on the way down
View on the way down
View on the way down
View on the way down
View on the way down
View on the way down
View on the way down
View on the way down
View on the way down
View on the way down
View on the way down
View on the way down
View on the way down
View on the way down
View on the way down
View on the way down
View on the way down
View on the way down
Down in the crater
Down in the crater
Down in the crater
Down in the crater
Down in the crater
Down in the crater
Miles of nothing
Miles of nothing
More miles of nothing
More miles of nothing
Different colors of rock
Different colors of rock
Rock and plant life
Rock and plant life
Rock and plant life
Rock and plant life
Rock and plant life
Rock and plant life
A curious geological structure
A curious geological structure
Looking towards black hills
Looking towards black hills
The black hills
The black hills
The sun lights up some red-ish rocks
The sun lights up some red-ish rocks
The sun lights up some red-ish rocks
The sun lights up some red-ish rocks
The sun lights up some red-ish rocks
The sun lights up some red-ish rocks
The sun lights up some red-ish rocks
The sun lights up some red-ish rocks
The sun lights up some red-ish rocks
The sun lights up some red-ish rocks
Approaching The Carpentry Shop
Approaching The Carpentry Shop
The Carpentry shop
The Carpentry shop
The Carpentry shop
The Carpentry shop
The Carpentry shop
The Carpentry shop
The Carpentry shop
The Carpentry shop
The Carpentry shop
The Carpentry shop
The Carpentry shop
The Carpentry shop
The Carpentry shop
The Carpentry shop
Along the road through the crater
Along the road through the crater
Along the road through the crater
Along the road through the crater
Along the road through the crater
Along the road through the crater
Along the road through the crater
Along the road through the crater
Along the road through the crater
Along the road through the crater
Along the road through the crater
Along the road through the crater
Looking towards the crater walls
Looking towards the crater walls
Along the road through the crater
Along the road through the crater
Along the road through the crater
Along the road through the crater
Along the road through the crater
Along the road through the crater
Power line down into the crater
Power line down into the crater
The road up and out
The road up and out
Curious rock engravings
Curious rock engravings
Looking back down, on the way out
Looking back down, on the way out
Looking back down, on the way out
Looking back down, on the way out
The road out of the crater
The road out of the crater
Nearly out of the crater
Nearly out of the crater
And I'm out!
And I'm out!
Last look down into the crater
Last look down into the crater

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